Namibia will begin to phase out diesel 500 ppm (parts per million) from its fuel market with effect from January 1, 2019, while Diesel 50 ppm will continue to be available in the market throughout the country, according to an official.

Namibia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy, Senior Public Relations Officer, Andreas Simon, said Monday in a statement that low sulphur diesel or 10 ppm sulphur diesel will also be introduced in Namibia, also as from January 2019.

Diesel 500 ppm has a high sulphur content, compared to diesel 50 ppm and 10 ppm having low emission with less sulphur content.

“The phasing in of low sulphur diesel is also in line with the Namibian government’s policy of cleaner fuels and global initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions,” he added.

According to Simon, low sulphur diesel will allow the introduction of advanced engine technology that requires low sulphur.

“It is possible that not all retail sites will have the cleaner diesel at the beginning but with time 10 ppm sulphur diesel will be available countrywide,” he said.

Meanwhile, Simon said the Energy Ministry will coordinate the implementation of the phase out of 500 ppm sulphur diesel and the introduction of 10 ppm sulphur diesel in Namibia by working in concert with the oil industry. Enditem


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